Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the papers document Goodell's public career as member (1959-68) of the United States House of Representatives from the 43rd and 38th Congressional Districts in New York; and as United States Senator from New York (1968-70). Included in the congressional papers are general correspondence, case and committee files, congressional district files; bills and resolutions; files relating to politics, publicity and his public activities; and files of legislative and administrative assistants. Also included are numerous photographs, tape recordings, and video tapes; and personal papers including general and family correspondence and records of his chairmanship of the Presidential Clemency Board.
The Charles E. Goodell papers are arranged in six series:
The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence and papers relative to the publication of Goodell's book Political Prisoners in America (New York, Random House, 1973). Included is a typescript draft of the book; galley and page proofs; notes made by Goodell during its preparation; copies of the contract with the publisher; and Goodell's correspondence with his editor, Charlotte Leon Mayerson, and with friends and political associates who received inscribed copies of the book.
Included also is a transcript copy of an oral history interview made by Goodell (November 27, 1978 and June 6, 1979) for Former Members of Congress, Inc., for a project entitled "The Modern Congress in American History".
The miscellaneous papers consist mainly of records (1970) of the Ad Hoc Committee for a Vote on the War, which was formed to enlist public support for the End the War Amendment sponsored in Congress by Senators Goodell, McGovern, Hatfield and Hughes. Most of the records consist of advertisements of the Committee which were clipped from newspapers and other periodicals by persons responding to its appeal for support. Some of the clipped advertisements bear the respondents' annotations. Included is correspondence of Susan Goff, Goodell's press secretary, relating to donations to the Committee; and a few bank statements and cancelled checks. There is also one carton of unsorted papers.
Papers consist of papers kept by Goodell as Member of the House of Representatives and of the U. S. Senate; Personal Papers; records of the Presidential Clemency Board; and Audio-Video Materials.